3 Ways to Cure Writer’s Block

Have you ever found yourself typing a story, stopping, and being unable to start again with the same clarity? Or in some cases, unable to start at all? Here are three methods to jump start creativity that work for me.

  1. Do something that is productive, but not writing-related. For me, it always seems like whenever I’m brimming with ideas and itching to write, I have no time to write at all. So, I thought I would use this to my benefit. When I find myself unable to continue a story or an essay, I simply walk away from the laptop monitor and do something else. The something else can range from homework to chores to working out… the one thing that is in common among them is that they are all things I would have had to do anyway, and in the middle of doing them (washing dishes especially, I have no idea why), the urge to write returns!
  2. Listen to music, especially music that matches the character/theme/mood of the story. There is something very powerful about music. It can refocus a person’s mind almost instantly and change how a person feels. I have entire characters and stories inspired by songs. Listening to suitable songs helps me to get “in the zone” for writing. At the same time, I have found that listening to music that does not fit with what I’m writing sends confusing signals to my brain and leads to me having to pick between one or the other.
  3. Leave blanks. Sometimes I have writer’s block not because I cannot continue writing the entire story, but because I have no idea what to write for the part immediately after where I am. In these cases, more often than not, I will choose to type out a little something like this: “A soft sigh escaped her lips as she thought of him. [blah blah unrequited love yada yada] ‘I’m sorry,’ The words, spoken in such a calm, quiet, cruel tone of voice, seemed to hold enough power to tilt the world on its axis. Her world.” Then I come back later to fill in the brackets, but meanwhile, I can finally move on with the rest of the story!

I hope these tips help and good luck to all writers out there. May you slay the monster known as writer’s block and have lots of fun writing. (I personally can’t wait until summer, when I can start again!)

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My 7 Favourite Words

Ever have the feeling that you favour certain words more than others? Once pronounced, the sound of their syllables makes you feel like exclaiming, “Perfect!” or “I love you!” even though those would quite frankly be ridiculous things to say to a word.

In alphabetical order, here are a few of my personal favourites:

Absolution: It means forgiveness but sounds so much better! I think I like this word because of the “s” sound in the middle. I just feel like the sound is so smooth and sassy. (See what I did there?)

Asphyxiation: Don’t misunderstand. I like this word not for its meaning, but for the way it rolls off my tongue. It’s so rare to see an “x” in the middle of things! It gives the word a kind of magic I can’t quite describe.

Carmine: This one means dark red. I don’t like the word “car” and I only moderately enjoy the word “mine”, so it’s odd that when they combine together, they become a word that is music to my ears.

Diffident: I think aside from “s”, the “f” sound in the middle of a word is also something I’ve noticed I consistently like. Diffident means shy, hesitant and whenever I say or think of the word, an image of Yuki Nagato comes to mind unbidden. Who can resist Yuki? So yeah, one of my faves, hands down.

Dulcet: Sweet. Yes the word is sweet, but its meaning is also literally “sweet”! That aside, it can also mean “pleasing”, which is very interesting, because it allows me to say something ridiculously dorky like “dulcet is a dulcet word” ha ha!

Ineffable: A synonym to unutterable but 100x more pleasing to my ears. To be fair to unutterable though, my friends have made so many cow jokes around me that now hearing the word “utter” makes me think of “udder”… Anyyyway, I like to think this word to myself when I can’t find the right words for something. It calms me down and makes my friends ask me why I’m smiling like an idiot.

Melancholy: Learned this word from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. (If you haven’t watched it, watch it! You’ll meet Yuki in it.) It’s that terrible feeling of having a dark gloomy cloud hanging over you 24/7, when your thoughts seem to loop in repeat and never lead anywhere good.

Well, that seems like a rather melancholy note to end on, but I really must get my homework done.

… Oh alright, I’ll give a more satisfying ending.

Sassy!